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About PHDHS

The Doctoral Programme in Health Sciences is coordinated by the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Coimbra and grants degrees in the areas of Medicine, Dentistry, Biomedical Sciences, Nursing and Health Technologies. The Programme has been structured to reflect the expertise of the

in terms of postgraduation studies.

The PhDHS offers a unique opportunity for highly motivated students wishing to pursue a doctoral degree in Health Sciences.
The training opportunities encompass laboratory-based research, pre-clinical and translational research, as well as clinical research.

Integrating institutions devoted to different aspects of Health research, the Programme creates a privileged environment that fosters the development of transdisciplinary projects on health sciences.

There will be opportunities for students to tailor their own curriculum, integrating a variety of different subjects, by selecting the courses that best meet their training expectations. The Programme comprises:

  • Mandatory courses in core structuring and transversal areas;
  • Optional courses in areas of specialization;
  • An annual plan of seminars;
  • Research leading to the doctoral thesis.



The Doctoral Programme in Health Sciences enrolls 20 students per year holding a degree in Medicine, Dentistry, Biochemistry, Biology, Nursing, Health Technologies, or other areas of relevance to pursue a Doctoral degree in Health Sciences.



The Doctoral Programme in Health Sciences is coordinated by a Scientific Commission with the following composition:

Catarina Resende de Oliveira (Director of the Programme, Faculty of Medicine of the University of Coimbra)

Ana Paula Amaral (School of Health Technologies)

Henrique Girão (Faculty of Medicine of the University of Coimbra)

Isabel Poiares Baptista (Faculty of Medicine of the University of Coimbra, Department of Dentistry)

João Malva  (Faculty of Medicine of the University of Coimbra)

Lino Gonçalves (Faculty of Medicine of the University of Coimbra)

Manuel Santos Rosa (Faculty of Medicine of the University of Coimbra)

Manuel Alves Rodrigues (Nursing School of Coimbra)



Equal opportunity statement: The Doctoral Programme in Health Sciences practices an affirmative action and equal opportunity policy. We value diversity and we have a strong policy against discrimination at work of any kind. Recruitment of students should reflect the diversity of the national and international community where the School is integrated.